Have a 'Merry McCormick Christmas' and impress your family and friends this festive season.


  • 1kg mixed dried fruit

  • 1 orange, finely grated rind and juice

  • 1 Tbsp McCormick ground mixed spice

  • 1 tsp McCormick ground ginger

  • 1 tsp McCormick ground cinnamon

  • 1 tsp McCormick ground cloves

  • Melted butter, to grease pudding bowl

  • 180g butter, at room temperature

  • 60g (1/3 cup) brown sugar

  • 3 x 60g eggs

  • 210g (3 cups) fresh breadcrumbs

  • 50g (1/3 cup) plain flour

  • Bought custard and vanilla ice cream to serve


  • 1.

    Combine mixed fruit, orange rind and juice and spices in a large bowl. Stir in 250ml water or alcohol (see tip), cover and refrigerate overnight.

  • 2.

    Next day, grease a large pudding bowl (1.5L/6 cup) with melted butter and line base with a circle of grease-proof paper.

  • 3.

    Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until pale and creamy. Add eggs and beat until well combined.

  • 4.

    Mix in soaked fruit mixture, fresh breadcrumbs, flour and stir well until all mixed together.

  • 5.

    Spoon mixture into prepared pudding bowl and cover with greaseproof paper, then foil and tie a double piece of kitchen string under rim of pudding bowl to secure.

  • 6.

    Place pudding bowl into a large saucepan of simmering water one-third full on top of a upturned heatproof saucer and ensuring water only reaches two thirds side s of pudding bowl. Cover saucepan with lid and simmer pudding for 2.5 hours.

  • 7.

    Remove pudding from simmering water and set aside for 10 minutes before turning out onto a serving platter.

  • 8.

    To serve, cut into wedges and dollop custard and a spoonful a creamy vanilla ice-cream.

  • Note:

  • 1.

    Adults only –add 250ml liqueur (cointreau, brandy, rum) instead of water at Step.1 to add extra depth of flavour to your pudding.

  • 2.

    Cook pudding the week before Christmas and keep stored in fridge then re-heat on Christmas day in simmering water for about 1hour before turning out onto a serving platter to serve.

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